Hard and Fast by Mari Carr
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Series: Italian Stallions #2
Also by this Author: Falling Softly
Published by Self-Published on June 28, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Penny is tired of being seen as the gamer, the crazy cat lady, the mom-jeans-wearing, YouTube-bingeing, quirky IT girl. She’s barreling toward 29 and ready to make some changes…in her appearance and her nonexistent love life. But she’s smart enough to know she needs help—and who she needs it from. Her billionaire playboy boss, Gage Russo.
Bachelor Gage’s life is typically full of excitement, on the work front and in the bedroom. He’s never lacking for female company and he rarely sleeps alone. Regardless, lately, he can’t shake feeling bored. That is, until Penny challenges him to a friendly wager…one he promptly loses. Her prize? Lessons in seduction—from him.
Lines get blurred as Gage pushes harder…moves faster…teaching Penny things she’s only ever fantasized about. But the playboy with all the smooth moves makes one big mistake when he fails to tell his sexy student that the lessons are no longer fake, and what he wants from her is very, very real.
No need to question why this book is called Hard and Fast, but I’m not telling why!
From the very first chapter, expect to pick up a gaming controller and play along with Penny, Gage, and their friends from work. You would never know that Gage is a billionaire and part owner of the company. He fits right in with the group playing D&D or any video game, the more competitve, the better.
Having read the blurb, I couldn’t wait for the “fake romance” to begin. What I didn’t expect was for their chemistry to be off-the-charts explosive and for Gage’s backstory to have me CRYING! I love the best friend banter between this couple.
I haven’t read a lot of this author’s recent work, so I have a feeling I was missing out on knowing a lot of these side characters that appeared, that they were from other recent books of hers. It didn’t leave anything missing from the story, but I just didn’t necessarily feel Penny’s attachment to some of the other characters at her birthday party that I was supposed to feel, people that were being sort of brotherly to her but hadn’t appeared elsewhere in this book.